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WHAT THEOSOPHY IS "There is a college of philosophy nonetheless in lifestyles of which glossy tradition has misplaced sight." In those phrases Mr. A.P. Sinnett started his booklet, The Occult international, the 1st renowned exposition of Theosophy, released thirty years in the past. [Namely in 1881.] through the years that experience handed considering then, many millions have discovered knowledge in that faculty, but to the bulk its teachings are nonetheless unknown, and so they may give basically the vaguest of replies to the question, "What is Theosophy?" books exist already which resolution that query: Mr. Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism and Dr. Besant's the traditional knowledge. i've got no considered moving into pageant with these normal works; what I hope is to provide an announcement, as transparent and easy as i will be able to make it, that could be considered as introductory to them.

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He does not find it inconveniently crowded, for the astral world is much larger than the surface of the physical earth, while its population is somewhat smaller, because the average life of humanity in the astral world is shorter than the average in the physical. Not only the dead, however, are the inhabitants of this astral world, but always about one-third of the living as well, who have temporarily left their physical bodies behind them in sleep. The astral world has also a great number of non-human inhabitants, some of them far below the level of man, and some considerably above him.

W. LEADBEATER A TEXTBOOK OF THEOSOPHY though we must not at all think of the various subdivisions of the astral world as lying above one another as do the coats of an onion, it is nevertheless true that the average arrangement of the matter of those subdivisions partakes somewhat of that general character. Astral matter interpenetrates physical matter precisely as though it were not there, but each subdivision of physical matter has a strong attraction for astral matter of the corresponding subdivision.

If some of these have been selfish, their force pours down into astral matter, and he has exhausted them during his life in the astral world. But those which are entirely unselfish belong purely to his mental body, and so when he finds himself in the mental world it is through these special thoughts that he is able to appreciate it. His mental body is by no means fully developed; only those parts of it are really in action to their fullest extent which he has used in this altruistic manner. When he awakens again after the second death, his first sense is one of indescribable bliss and vitality—a feeling of such utter joy in living that he needs for the time nothing but just to live.

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